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French Bookstores Are Still Prospering

“The French, as usual, insist on being different. As independent bookstores crash and burn in the United States and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine. France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent. E-books account for only 1.8 percent of the general consumer publishing market here, compared with 6.4 percent in the United States. The French have a centuries-old reverence for the printed page.

via NY Times

One Response to “French Bookstores Are Still Prospering”

  1. Sarah Bartlett
    June 21, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    My understanding is that FNAC is really struggling, and for the same reasons that the likes of Waterstones have difficulties. But I’ve only heard that by word of mouth.

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